07 September 2013

30 YEARS - Top 30 GREATEST MOMENTS #28

On the 5th of September 1983 the animated series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe received its WORLD premiere in the UK! To celebrate 30 YEARS since this historic day I am counting down (on a daily basis) what I believe to be the 30 GREATEST MOMENTS of the Filmation series.

GREATEST MOMENT #28
Stalan confronts Shokoti with the Sword of Power.
"House of Shokoti" Part 2



"House of Shokoti" Part 2 begins with Prince Adam, Cringer, Ram Man, Melaktha, and Stanlan (Melaktha's young assistant) musing over the mysterious pyramid unearthed by the villainous Masque. It soon becomes apparent that Shokoti, a wicked sorceress from the dark side of Eternia, dwells within. When Stanlan is informed that he will not be exploring the temple with the others he becomes upset. Later that night he sneaks out of the tent and finds himself consumed by Shokoti's magic. He-Man, Battle Cat, and Ram Man enter the temple in order to save Stanlan. However, Shokoti's power proves too much for the heroes, and they are captured. During the fight between good and evil Stanlan manages to flee, taking He-Man's fallen Sword of Power with him. As Shokoti prepares to sacrifice the helpless heroes to the legendary Sleeping Beast, Stanlan sits alone, believing the situation to be helpless...

A clearly despondent Stanlan sits upon a rock with the Sword of Power in his lap. As he grows increasingly upset, a mysterious glow surrounds the sword. The voice of the Sorceress assures him, "The help is within yourself, Stanlan." Stanlan picks up the sword and the image of the Sorceress appears to him. Stanlan proceeds to tell the Sorceress that Prince Adam has informed him that she helps out He-Man on occasion. The Sorceress explains why the young boy should not be afraid of his predicament, "There is nothing to fear in the darkness." As Stanlan listens intently the Sorceress utters an important and character-defining phrase, "The power of Shokoti is the power of fear", before telling him, "Fight it...with the sword." The Sorceress disappears leaving Stanlan alone once more, but this time with the knowledge he needs to confront Shokoti. As Shokoti summons the Sleeping Beast an understandably terrified Stanlan watches from afar, the Sword of Power gripped tightly in his hand. He begins to calm himself, remembering the Sorceress' words, "Nothing to be afraid of, she said. Nothing..." Shokoti's blood-curdling screams echo throughout the temple, "Rise! Rise! Take your sacrifice and spread the living darkness across the world!" Stanlan races into the sanctum commanding Shokoti to stop. "Away, boy!" is Shokoti's response, before firing out a beam of dark energy. A determined Stanlan raises the Sword of Power and shouts, "Not afraid!!!" Shokoti's beam of dark energy strikes the sword, but is absorbed by the blade. Three white hot beams of energy fire out from the Sword of Power and strike He-Man, Battle Cat, and Ram Man, freeing them from their bonds!

This episode is widely regarded as the scariest episode of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. And rightly so. Surprisingly, it is Stanlan who is the standout character. At first he has the characteristics of many young children that appear in the Filmation cartoon. However, the way in which he atones for his previous actions in this scene is nothing short of phenomenal. Stanlan, with the Sword of Power in hand, confronts one of the most powerful beings on the planet, and is victorious!

1 comment:

Kevin Martinell said...

Perfect play-by-play description, James! Strange how He-Man had a difficult time and had the Sword of Power knocked out of his hand by Shokoti's magic while Stanlan had no trouble at all deflecting her magic! This moment definitely made for one of the most intense scenes in the series, but I thought that He-Man or Prince Adam should have given Stanlan a bit of congratulations on his bravery and success in helping to free the heroes before the end of the episode. I still say that episodes like "Reign of the Monster" and "The Return of Granamyr" are the scariest episodes for me but I must agree that this is also a VERY scary episode. :) Thanks for reading and God Bless! ~"KevyGuy" :)

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